Dispensing refers to the provision of medicine according to the prescription.
Following steps are involved in a Pharmacy setup:
1. Prescription: Medicines recommended by the physician as a remedy
2. Formulation: Darwing and expressing the medicines and ingredients of the prescription
3. Compounding: Preparing and mixing of the ingredients and/or medicines of the prescription
4. Dispensing: Giving the medicines to the patient. Medicines are given in a container with proper labelling. This label helps the patient for subsequent use of the medicine.
Dispensing may also involve the preparation of device for the use of patients.
Extemporaneous dispensing:Extemporaneous dispensing refers to the compounding and dispensing of medicines with little or no preparation in response to the stimulus of one's immediate environment.